Sometimes, to truly relax, you need to get away from it all. Imagine a place with no honking car horns, no garbage trucks rumbling down the street, and no constantly ringing phones. Now, stop imagining and let Missouri make that paradise a reality. Pack your camping gear and head to one of our serene parks.
NOTE: Some Missouri State Parks have restrictions on campfires and open burning. Contained charcoal fires used for cooking, as well as gas and cook-top stoves, are allowed. Check the State Parks camping webpage or call ahead for updates.
Knob Noster State Park, 10 minutes southwest of Knob Noster, offers adventure and tranquility all in one place. Ride a mountain bike along one of the trails. Cast your line and catch that night’s dinner. Take a long hike. View the park’s beauty on horseback. Plenty of campsites are waiting at the end of a long, fun day.
About eight miles west of Kirksville, Thousand Hills State Park rewards visitors with beautiful views and abundant activities. Be sure to pack your fishing gear, so you can fish the lovely waters of Forest Lake. Many creatures call Thousand Hills State Park home, making it well worth taking your binoculars. Get a fascinating glimpse of Missouri’s past when you view the park’s petroglyphs – created more than 1,500 years ago. Relax at a campsite or in a cabin after a full day of fishing, hiking, boating and exploring.
Wallace State Park, located six miles south of Cameron, offers solitude and beauty for anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle. Pack a picnic and spend time enjoying the loveliness of nature. Bird watchers love Wallace State Park for its abundant population of winged creatures. Anglers visit the park for a great day of fishing. Individual and group campsites make the park a great place for a weekend-long trip. Explorers like hiking in the nearby Trice-Dedman Memorial Woods, owned by The Nature Conservancy.
Be certain to pack the camera when you take a trip to Hawn State Park. Located 20 miles southwest of Ste. Genevieve, this picturesque park is a great destination for hikers. During your hike, pause to enjoy the unique scenery – including orchids and exposed rock formations. Relax by a clear stream and keep an eye out for a variety of beautiful birds soaring overhead. At the end of your perfect day, spend a restful night at the park’s campground.
A walk through Pershing State Park exposes you to the original landscape of northern Missouri. The park includes a boardwalk and hiking trail that winds through a wet prairie, near a meandering stream with oxbow sloughs and cutoffs, and into a bottomland forest. The park offers basic and electric campsites and a special-use camping area year-round, with seasonal shower and laundry facilities. Fishing, hiking and picnicking are available. Pershing State Park is 12 minutes southwest of Laclede.